Patt Morrison for June 27, 2012

Ask the Chief

Los Angeles Police Foundation's 10th Annual Fundraising Gala

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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck poses for a picture at the Los Angeles Police Foundation's 10th annual fundraising gala held at the new LAPD Headquarters on November 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

L.A.’s top cop Chief Charlie Beck was back on the program today to talk about the latest issues surrounding the Los Angeles Police Department.

The murders of USC students Ming Qu and Ying Wu made international headlines. Last month, Bryan Barnes and Javier Bolden were arrested in connection to the shooting and are currently being arraigned.

News of the shooting deaths of the Chinese international student prompted USC and LAPD to change safety measures around the campus.

Patt checked in with Chief Beck about the lawsuit against the LAPD brought by the family of 19-year-old Abdul Arian over the death of their son after a high-speed chase back in April.

They also discussed the LAPD’s new plan to shorten auto impounds from 30 days to one. The plan has Chief Beck in some hot water with Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents Los Angeles police officers. The police union claims that the new plan leaves officers on the hook if a driver causes death or injury after a one-day impound.

ON SUMMER NIGHT LIGHTS ANTI-GANG INITIATIVE:
HYPERLINK: http://mayor.lacity.org/issues/gangreduction/summernightlights/index.htm
“It is a great way to not only build community but to invest in young folks that are most at risk for gang activity. The parks are open until midnight, we have a number of athletic events, and community events.”

ON RODNEY KING’S LEGACY:
“I believe what happened to Rodney King, no I don’t believe, I know, forever changed the city and changed the Los Angeles police department. And my belief is it changed the police department, in particular, in a positive way.”

ON THE MURDERS OF USC GRADUATE STUDENTS:
“What it has done is have us take a look at the way we patrol the areas around SC. Also made us recognize, although we already knew it, that SC is expanding its boundaries by leaps and bounds...We’ve added some additional police officers there. We have some very aggressive programs working with the USC department of public safety.

ON ABDUL ARAIN WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY THE LAPD IN APRIL:
“It’s a tragic circumstance when somebody chooses to put police officers in the position where they have to take their lives.”

ON THE NEW IMPOUND LAW AND POLICE UNIONS:
“I think that the police union’s primary concern is for the safety of the officers and I understand that. But I also know that their concern has already been litigated in the case of the Highway Patrol. Officers are specifically exempt from liability in this instance. I think their worries are groundless.”

ON THE SB 1070 RULING:
“If the Los Angeles Police Department was to become the primary enforcer for immigration laws, which is what this is about, literally that’s all we would do. And if that’s what people want their police department doing, instead of responding to violent crime, well I think we would have a very different city. I am very glad this is not a law I have to face.”

Guest:

Charlie Beck, Los Angeles Police Department Chief


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